Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design
is the only independent, non-profit art organization in the United States devoted to the history of performing arts and theatrical design. Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with the San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for over sixty years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials. It manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area, maintains a comprehensive Research Library, and hosts a variety of engaging public events onsite and online.
Sixty-five years of collecting and preserving have established the Museum's collection as one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Containing about 3.5 million items, the collection is a source of knowledge and provides continuity between the past and the present. It illuminates, enriches and advances our ideas, attachments, viewpoint and sense of wonder of the arts.
The collection contains treasures of the performing arts ranging from the Gold Rush Era to the present time. It holds a part of the preeminent history of the performing arts and the unique history of San Francisco. The Museum's diverse collection includes books, periodicals, playbills, clippings, photographs, posters, sheet music, plays and librettos, radio interviews, videotapes, musical theater recordings, the Legacy Oral History Program, the Theater Film Archive, theater design research materials, costumes and set design renderings, personal papers of performers, patrons and critics, as well as the archive of several local performing arts organizations. Web resources and a digitization program are hallmarks of our current activities.
Museum of Performance + Design
893B Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 255-4800